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'The Bearded One' Looks To Stay

'The Bearded One' Looks To Stay

Aston Villa and Sweden defender Olof Mellberg is read to commit his long term future to the claret and blue.

Mellberg, who has been with Villa for six seasons already, has a contract up until the end of the 2007/2008 season but told PA Sport:

'I haven't really heard anything myself about a new contract. I read something about it in the papers. There are a few of us in a similar situation contract-wise. But I would like to stay at Aston Villa if they offer me a new one. Definitely.'

'I am not looking to leave. It has been a good start to the season and I have felt good personally. There is no reason to say no if there is a new contract offer. My own form has been good all season. I felt strong pre-season and I have felt good the whole season.'

'The bearded one' travels to Anfield to sort out the Raffa Reds on Saturday.

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Thursday October 26 2006
Time: 4:35PM


You are most welcome bearded one, a pleasyre to watch. UTV
26/10/2006 17:06:00
"pleasyre" thats swedish you know, UTV
26/10/2006 17:07:00
So much better this year. Possibly since he doesn't have the pressure of captaincy anymore?
26/10/2006 18:28:00
that is a lovely beard!
26/10/2006 18:32:00
get him signed up
26/10/2006 20:14:00
They will be crying into their champagne and prawn sandwiches come november 8th ! less harsh this time , Tarts !!
26/10/2006 20:37:00
sign him up ASAP!!!!!!!! him and Laursen are terrific together.
26/10/2006 21:14:00
yeah sign him up even the communication barrier between him and Sorrenson has bin sorted.
silkie villain
27/10/2006 04:31:00
Definately needs signing up long term. Defenders tend to peak in their late 20's so we could still be yet to see the best of the son of god!
27/10/2006 08:46:00
A bit controversial this and totally opposite to what everbody is saying but how is this for a thought? Arsene Wenger and to some extent Alex Ferguson have made a habit of knowing the best time to let a player go. The best example being Viera. He cost a couple of million in his early 20's and was sold as a 30 year old for £14 million. What great business. I am not saying it is the right thing to do but maybe it is worth looking at letting Mellberg go as he is nearly 30. His value has to be about £8 million. We have three other centre halfs in Laursen, Cahill and Ridgewell. Some of the money would be invested in a young up and coming centre half, so that we still have 4 players for the 2 positions. Any remaining money to go towards strengthining other areas of the team. In recent years we have had great service from the likes of Merson, Dublin and Stone. With transfer fees and wages these three players alone cost the club almost £40 million. We got nothing back for them. It is impossible for any business to survive like this. The skill is in getting the best years from a player and then getting the biggest possible transfer fee. You then have to find a replacement with potential, someone like Curtis Davis at the Albion for example who was snapped up for £3 million.It may be harsh, but I think it is true. The alternative is we sign Mellberg on a longer contract, get great service, but ultimately no financial return. It is a tough call but if you ask Arsenal fans if they would rather now have Viera or Fabregas it is a no brainer. That got the best years from Viera and now have an 18 year old potential superstar on an 8 year contract.
27/10/2006 10:06:00
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